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02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds

The ZIP file that you will download contains five Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds in three resolutions: Full Size: 4000x2250 pixels (16:9), Widescreen Size: 1365x768 pixels (16:9), and Standard Size: 1024x768 (4:3). Not only can you use these graphics for slide backgrounds, but these background designs can also animate between slides using PowerPoint's Morph transition. Download and use these


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Background Removal in PowerPoint: Conversation with Tucker Hatfield

Tucker Hatfield has been working as a Program Manager at Microsoft for 18 years and the last ten of them have been in Office. He’s worked on Cropping, Background Removal, Artistic Effects, Co-authoring, and Comments. He’s currently working primarily on Pen and Ink improvements for Office, including the recent Ink Editor feature. When work and family allows, he indulges his love for photography


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Recolor Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Adding a busy, multi-colored picture background to your slides is one of the worst things you can do to your PowerPoint presentation. People do so all the time, and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. So why do they do so? As a picture, their chosen content may appear awesome. However, placing the same picture as a backdrop for text, charts,


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Recolor Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

One of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored picture background to your slides. However, people do that all the time and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. So why do they do so? Most of them look at the picture in isolation to the entire picture. As a picture, their chosen content


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Textures are the "in" thing even in a world that looks so much at the new flat design concept -- and the reason is not difficult to understand. The right texture can add interest, and make your slide content look crafted. Learn how to use Texture fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016.


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Most presentations contain pictures. A picture in PowerPoint can be used in many ways -- as a picture you insert, as a picture you place within a shape, or even as something that covers the entire slide as a background. In this tutorial, we will look at the last option -- that lets you use a picture as a slide background. Before you begin, you need to put in plenty of thought into whether the


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes, checks, etc. PowerPoint includes 48 such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle, and Zigzag. This tutorial builds upon what you have already learned in the Format Slide Background tutorial and shows how you can use a Pattern fill for your slide background. Learn how to apply Pattern fills as Slide


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate and merge from one color to another -- they are sometimes also called fountain fills or blended fills in other programs. Other than applying gradients as shape fill, you can also apply Gradient fills to your Slide Background. However, make sure that the two or more colors that you use for your Gradient work well


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's Slide Backgrounds can be filled with a solid color, a gradient, a texture or a picture, or even one of PowerPoint's built-in patterns. We explored a generic walkthrough on changing the Slide Background in our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This tutorial explores how you can use a solid color as the fill for your Slide Background -- solid color fills have the


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 provides twelve default Slide Background Styles, much like the previous two versions. Apart from these Styles, you can continue changing the default Slide Background to something else such as a solid color or gradient, a pattern or a texture, or, even a picture. In this tutorial, we'll explore these options that can be accessed within the Format Background Task Pane. Learn


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Slide Background Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2016, you may typically see a single slide with a white background. Alternatively, if you open any of your existing presentations, the background of the slides may be in a different color or fill depending upon the Theme that the presentation is based upon. You can always change this slide background to a picture, a solid color, a pattern, or


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Custom Backgrounds for Slide Master and Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Content and appearance are the two major components of presentation slides. Among them, the former is always more significant than the latter -- but that does not mean that you should neglect the latter. A simple looking presentation with a clean background is always a great idea since that doesn't overpower your message. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities to go beyond a plain background


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Change Background Styles for Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you change Background Style of the Slide Master, the Background Style for all dependent Slide Layouts will also change. However, it is not necessary for all your Slide Layouts to possess the same Background Style as the Slide Master. Each slide Layout can have its own independent Background Style, as you will learn in the rest of this tutorial. Follow these steps to learn more in


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Change Background Styles in the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016

In PowerPoint 2016, the Slide Master influences the layout and look of all slides in your presentation. Make changes to the Slide Master and those changes reflect on your presentation slides. For example, you can apply another Background Style so that all Slide Layouts and slides in your presentation use this changed slide background. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can choose from


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

The Remove Background option is among PowerPoint's newest and most wonderful abilities. It lets you remove the background from an inserted picture -- this can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through as transparent within the removed parts of the picture. Learn how to remove parts of


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

Do you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within those removed parts of the picture? The Remove Background option may be just what you need to remove the backdrop from an inserted picture in PowerPoint 2013. Learn how to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2013.


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Advanced Background Removal Options for Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

We already showed you how to remove the background from an inserted picture in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- this process works great for simple pictures that have fairly distinct foreground and background areas. However, if the picture is little crowded or does not have clearly demarcated areas, you need to manually select the areas to be retained or removed in the picture using some fairly


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Among PowerPoint 2010's newest and most magical abilities is the Remove Background option that lets you remove the background from an inserted picture. This can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within the removed parts of the picture. Learn how to remove a part of your picture to


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Creating Slide Backgrounds in Photoshop for PowerPoint

If PowerPoint represents something more than anything else, it is the slide – and while you can use a white slide bereft of any graphic treatment, more often than not you will want to use something else. That’s because the background elements of a slide are a representation of the brand of your company, or even an expression of your personality. Learn how to create slide backgrounds for


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Picture Corrections and Color Options for Picture Backgrounds

Although it's not too common to have bright and vivid picture backgrounds for your slides, it is not unheard of. You will often see slides that are saturated with bright, sparkling colors that make anything placed on the slide almost impossible to stand apart. So, do you really want your slide background "not to be in the background"? If not, then the techniques explained on this page will help


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Artistic Effects for Picture Backgrounds

Default slide background options are limited to solid or gradient fills -- and yes, you can even apply a picture as a slide background. However, picture backgrounds do pose some issues, especially since a busy picture may hamper the visibility of other slide objects such as text or charts. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides options to reduce the intensity of a picture background so that any


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Recolor Picture Backgrounds

It's true that picture backgrounds add value to your presentations. Yet, one of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored slide background. However, you get to see such bad presentations every now and then. When people do so, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. Learn how to recolor picture


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds

Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes, checks, etc. PowerPoint includes 48 such patterns with names like plaid, weaves, shingle and zigzag. Typically, patterns should work most of the time as slide backgrounds since most patterns are very small, and spread over the entire expanse of a slide, they can add a homogeneous look. However some patterns work better


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds

Textures are the "in" thing even in a world that looks so much at the new flat design concept -- and the reason is not difficult to understand. The right texture can add interest, and make your slide content look crafted. If you cannot find the perfect texture, it's best to leave your slide background unaltered. Texture and picture fills for slide backgrounds have so much in common. Yes, the


02/23/2017 03:36 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Recolor Picture Backgrounds

One of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored background to your slides. However, people do that all the time and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. Fortunately, recoloring pictures can help. Learn how to recolor a picture background in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: background,


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